Virginia Avoids Ban on Catching Fish Used to Make Fish Oil
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The state of Virginia will avoid a federal fishing moratorium on a species of fish that’s used to make fish-oil pills and other products.
Such a ban would have impacted a company called Omega Protein that employs more than 200 fishermen on the Chesapeake Bay’s western shore. The U.S. Commerce Department threatened to issue a moratorium after Omega Protein exceeded catch limits in the bay for a fish called Atlantic menhaden.
The moratorium was avoided because the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted on Tuesday to incorporate the catch limits into the state’s regulations.